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School board sued over claims against former Glenn Hills principal

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 6:26 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 1:54 AM
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Two educators have filed separate lawsuits against the Richmond County Board of Education alleging the board failed to stop or correct what they contend was abuse and harassment by Wayne Frazier, a former principal at Glenn Hills High School.

The Richmond County Superior Court lawsuits were filed Friday by Linda Lewis and Gale Levon Bell.

Superintendent Frank Roberson did not returned a call seeking comment late Wednesday.

According to Lewis’ suit, she worked at Glenn Hills from 1999 until June and her last position was naval science instructor. According to Bell’s lawsuit, she has been a dropout prevention specialist at Glenn Hills since 2010.

Although the two women filed separate lawsuits, the claims mirror each other. Both contend the school became an unbearable, hostile workplace because of Frazier, especially after a survey of staff found a 71 percent disapproval rate on his leadership.

The lawsuits allege that Frazier would yell and curse at staff and students in person and over the school’s intercom system, and make inappropriate racial and sexual comments to staff and students.

Lewis contends the work stress and mental anguish forced her to resign last year and that it is the cause of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bell’s suit contends the hostility got worse after she administered the survey critical of Frazier. The lawsuit states Bell had to administer the survey for the school to get a School Improvement Grant.

The grants are awarded to improve schools that rank in the bottom 5 percent in the country.

Frazier is now principal of the system’s alternative school, Tubman Education Center. In a July 27 story in The Augusta Chronicle on Frazier’s transfer, Roberson said at least 12 teachers, mostly in the math department, left the school because of the environment Frazier created.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/09/13 - 08:34 pm
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RCBOE moved him a while back to Tubman Education Center.

RCBOE reprimands Dr. Frazier of Glenn Hills High School
For missing $14,417.62, a DUI, etc....

WOW !!!! any guy who robs a store of $75 and get 5 years.
A Principle is part of $14K missing, and gets only suspended for 10 days?

I see don't these 2 teachers losing this lawsuit.

There is plenty of History to back up their claims.
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http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2012-07-26/glenn-hills-high-...

http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2010/jul/13/glenn-hills-high-principal-charged...

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/96704414.html

Just to list 3 of the handful that google pulled up.

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 01/09/13 - 08:32 pm
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Open Curtain

If you read the article in it's entirety you would have seen it says that he is at the alternative school which is the former Tubman Middle School.

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 01/09/13 - 08:35 pm
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I guess

he decided to read the article and edit his comment

rebellious
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rebellious 01/10/13 - 01:16 am
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Sometimes

the very things that make a person good also make him undesirable.

What is good about Wayne frazier is his passion and intensity for achieving results.

What is bad about Wayne frazier is his passion and intensity for achieving results.

Was the Teachers Union lawyer advising both accusers?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/10/13 - 09:08 am
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PGApeach2 -got me.

Yep I actually was editing my initial comment, while you were writing yours.

It happens... no big deal.

Have a good 1 ☺

ohcanwesee
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ohcanwesee 01/10/13 - 10:56 am
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Another cover up from the

Another cover up from the RCBOE

stacyatkins
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stacyatkins 01/10/13 - 11:27 am
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What I got from this story...

...is that the teacher is applying for a grant designated for the bottom 5% which means that she considers her school to be one of the lowest performing schools in the entire nation - which makes me wonder: Are schools now competing to be in the lowest 5% ? And if Glenn Hills truly is performing that badly, after over 10 years of poor performance, Mr. Frazier should be removed in favor of someone who promotes a harmonious atmosphere more conducive to learning.

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avidreader 01/10/13 - 11:33 am
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A Tough Job!

Being a Principal of a public school is a tough job. However, there are two essential emotional patterns that all SUCCESSFUL administrators maintain -- Praise publically and admonish privately! Any principal that demeans employees publically is simply asking for trouble. If one chooses to lead, then one must have the respect of those who are asked to follow. Even the pain-in-the-butt teachers will fall in line if the majority of their peers are respectful of the bosses' leadership.

This process may sound simple, but it's not. Good leaders work hard to balance their emotions. They have to make tough decisions and still maintain a professional relationship with their staff. I don't always agree with my boss, but I respect her, and follow her lead. She is smart enough to know that a hostile workplace is a career killer.

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MarinerMan 01/10/13 - 01:25 pm
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We Don't Have Teacher Unions
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We don't have teacher unions. Thankfully, there is PACE, which teachers can join and it provides protection from being sued. I do agree -- "issues" should be discussed in private.

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